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Bill James

William Henry James (Big Bill)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: January 20, 1887 in Detroit, MI (All Transactions)
Debut: June 12, 1911 (Age 24.143)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1911 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Browns/RedSox/Naps/WhiteSox 1911-1919

Final Game: September 17, 1919 (Age 32.240)
Died: May 25, 1942 in Venice, CA
Buried: Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA
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Standard Pitching

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Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1911 24 CLE AL 2 4 .333 4.88 8 6 0 4 0 0 51.2 58 37 28 1 32 21 2 1 2 238 70 4.18 1.742 10.1 0.2 5.6 3.7 0.66
1912 25 CLE AL 0 0 4.61 3 0 1 0 0 0 13.2 15 11 7 0 9 5 0 0 0 61 77 4.09 1.756 9.9 0.0 5.9 3.3 0.56
1914 27 SLB AL 15 14 .517 2.85 44 35 7 20 3 1 284.0 269 121 90 4 109 109 6 0 10 1162 94 3.07 1.331 8.5 0.1 3.5 3.5 1.00
1915 28 TOT AL 13 13 .500 3.26 45 31 6 11 1 1 237.1 212 115 86 3 125 82 7 0 6 976 89 3.55 1.420 8.0 0.1 4.7 3.1 0.66
1915 28 SLB AL 6 10 .375 3.59 34 22 5 8 0 1 170.1 155 89 68 2 92 58 7 0 5 708 79 3.62 1.450 8.2 0.1 4.9 3.1 0.63
1915 28 DET AL 7 3 .700 2.42 11 9 1 3 1 0 67.0 57 26 18 1 33 24 0 0 1 268 126 3.36 1.343 7.7 0.1 4.4 3.2 0.73
1916 29 DET AL 8 12 .400 3.68 30 20 4 8 0 1 151.2 141 76 62 1 79 61 11 1 6 642 78 3.38 1.451 8.4 0.1 4.7 3.6 0.77
1917 30 DET AL 13 10 .565 2.09 34 23 5 10 2 1 198.0 163 71 46 2 96 62 12 0 2 821 126 3.40 1.308 7.4 0.1 4.4 2.8 0.65
1918 31 DET AL 6 11 .353 3.76 19 18 1 8 1 0 122.0 127 68 51 3 68 42 5 0 2 546 70 3.66 1.598 9.4 0.2 5.0 3.1 0.62
1919 32 TOT AL 7 7 .500 3.74 20 13 4 7 2 0 120.1 125 60 50 2 60 26 5 0 3 505 84 3.89 1.537 9.3 0.1 4.5 1.9 0.43
1919 32 DET AL 1 0 1.000 5.79 2 1 0 0 0 0 9.1 12 6 6 0 7 3 0 0 1 44 58 4.10 2.036 11.6 0.0 6.8 2.9 0.43
1919 32 BOS AL 3 5 .375 4.14 13 7 4 4 0 0 71.2 74 42 33 2 39 12 3 0 2 306 74 4.27 1.577 9.3 0.3 4.9 1.5 0.31
1919 32 CHW AL 3 2 .600 2.52 5 5 0 3 2 0 39.1 39 12 11 0 14 11 2 0 0 155 128 3.15 1.347 8.9 0.0 3.2 2.5 0.79
8 Yrs 64 71 .474 3.21 203 146 28 68 9 4 1178.2 1110 559 420 16 578 408 48 2 31 4951 88 3.47 1.432 8.5 0.1 4.4 3.1 0.71
162 Game Avg. 12 14 .474 3.21 40 28 5 13 2 1 230 216 109 82 3 113 79 9 0 6 965 88 3.47 1.432 8.5 0.1 4.4 3.1 0.71
DET (5 yrs) 35 36 .493 3.01 96 71 11 29 4 2 548.0 500 247 183 7 283 192 28 1 12 2321 92 3.46 1.429 8.2 0.1 4.6 3.2 0.68
CLE (2 yrs) 2 4 .333 4.82 11 6 1 4 0 0 65.1 73 48 35 1 41 26 2 1 2 299 72 4.16 1.745 10.1 0.1 5.6 3.6 0.63
SLB (2 yrs) 21 24 .467 3.13 78 57 12 28 3 2 454.1 424 210 158 6 201 167 13 0 15 1870 88 3.28 1.376 8.4 0.1 4.0 3.3 0.83
BOS (1 yr) 3 5 .375 4.14 13 7 4 4 0 0 71.2 74 42 33 2 39 12 3 0 2 306 74 4.27 1.577 9.3 0.3 4.9 1.5 0.31
CHW (1 yr) 3 2 .600 2.52 5 5 0 3 2 0 39.1 39 12 11 0 14 11 2 0 0 155 128 3.15 1.347 8.9 0.0 3.2 2.5 0.79
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1911 24 CLE AL 51.2 8 6 37 6.45 4.63 0.06 0.00 102.0 4.66 -10 -0.9 1.0 -0.0 -0.5 -5 .382 .494
1912 25 CLE AL 13.2 3 0 11 7.24 4.45 -0.02 0.00 103.0 4.60 -4 -0.4 1.0 -0.0 -0.2 -3 .378 .498
1914 27 SLB AL 284.0 44 35 121 3.83 3.71 -0.11 0.00 99.0 3.78 1 0.1 1.0 -0.2 2.8 22 .503 .501
1915 28 SLB AL 170.1 34 22 89 4.70 4.06 0.01 0.00 98.0 3.98 -13 -1.4 1.0 -0.2 0.2 2 .458 .491
1915 28 DET AL 67.0 11 9 26 3.49 3.82 0.06 0.00 103.0 3.87 3 0.4 1.0 -0.1 1.0 9 .532 .502
1916 29 DET AL 151.1 30 20 76 4.52 3.55 -0.03 0.00 100.2 3.60 -15 -1.7 1.0 -0.1 -0.3 -3 .442 .489
1917 30 DET AL 198.0 34 23 71 3.23 3.57 -0.01 0.00 100.0 3.57 7 0.9 1.0 -0.1 2.7 24 .525 .505
1918 31 DET AL 122.0 19 18 68 5.02 3.61 -0.45 0.00 98.4 3.99 -14 -1.6 1.0 -0.1 -0.5 -4 .415 .490
1919 32 DET AL 9.1 2 1 6 5.79 4.39 -0.22 0.00 106.4 4.91 -1 -0.1 1.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0 .445 .499
1919 32 BOS AL 70.2 13 7 42 5.35 3.91 0.12 0.00 97.4 3.69 -14 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 -0.7 -6 .392 .491
1919 32 CHW AL 39.1 5 5 12 2.75 3.98 0.08 0.00 99.8 3.90 5 0.5 -0.0 0.9 9 .609 .503
8 Seasons 1177.1 203 146 559 4.27 3.79 -0.06 0.00 99.5 3.83 -56 -5.7 1.0 -1.0 5.3 46 .472 .496
DET (5 yrs) 547.2 96 71 247 4.06 3.62 -0.11 0.00 100.2 3.73 -20 -2.2 1.0 -0.4 2.9 27 .477 .497
CLE (2 yrs) 65.1 11 6 48 6.61 4.59 0.05 0.00 102.2 4.65 -14 -1.3 1.0 -0.1 -0.7 -7 .381 .495
SLB (2 yrs) 454.1 78 57 210 4.16 3.84 -0.07 0.00 98.6 3.85 -12 -1.3 1.0 -0.4 3.0 24 .483 .497
BOS (1 yr) 70.2 13 7 42 5.35 3.91 0.12 0.00 97.4 3.69 -14 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 -0.7 -6 .392 .491
CHW (1 yr) 39.1 5 5 12 2.75 3.98 0.08 0.00 99.8 3.90 5 0.5 -0.0 0.9 9 .609 .503

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1919 32 CHW AL WS L CIN 0 0 5.79 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.2 8 4 3 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 23 2.357 15.4 0.0 5.8 3.9 0.67
1 WS 0 0 5.79 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.2 8 4 3 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 23 2.357 15.4 0.0 5.8 3.9 0.67

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1911 24 CLE AL 8 19 17 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 7 .059 .111 .118 .229 -36 2 0 1 /1
1912 25 CLE AL 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .250 .000 .250 -28 0 0 1 /1
1914 27 SLB AL 44 97 89 4 10 1 1 0 2 1 2 4 38 .112 .151 .146 .297 -9 13 0 4 1
1915 28 TOT AL 45 78 63 6 14 3 0 0 4 0 0 6 24 .222 .310 .270 .580 74 17 2 7 1
1915 28 SLB AL 34 52 42 2 8 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 18 .190 .261 .238 .499 52 10 1 6 1
1915 28 DET AL 11 26 21 4 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 .286 .400 .333 .733 115 7 1 1 1
1916 29 DET AL 30 53 44 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 24 .068 .128 .068 .196 -42 3 0 6 1
1917 30 DET AL 34 68 57 7 12 0 0 0 2 0 10 20 .211 .328 .211 .539 65 12 0 2 1
1918 31 DET AL 19 47 46 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 .109 .128 .130 .258 -21 6 0 0 1
1919 32 TOT AL 20 45 39 4 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 11 .154 .195 .154 .349 -0 6 1 4 1
1919 32 DET AL 2 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 42 1 0 0 /1
1919 32 BOS AL 13 26 21 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 .143 .217 .143 .360 4 3 1 3 1
1919 32 CHW AL 5 15 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .143 .286 -20 2 0 1 /1
8 Yrs 203 412 358 25 51 6 1 0 12 1 2 27 138 .142 .209 .165 .374 12 59 3 25
162 Game Avg. 162 329 286 20 41 5 1 0 10 1 22 110 .142 .209 .165 .374 12 47 2 20
DET (5 yrs) 96 198 172 15 27 2 0 0 6 0 0 17 64 .157 .237 .169 .405 22 29 1 9
CLE (2 yrs) 11 24 20 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 9 .050 .136 .100 .236 -34 2 0 2
SLB (2 yrs) 78 149 131 6 18 3 1 0 4 1 2 7 56 .137 .187 .176 .363 11 23 1 10
BOS (1 yr) 13 26 21 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 .143 .217 .143 .360 4 3 1 3
CHW (1 yr) 5 15 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143 .143 .143 .286 -20 2 0 1

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1911 24 CLE AL 8 19 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .477 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 /1
1912 25 CLE AL 3 5 -1 0 0 0 0 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .491 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 /1
1914 27 SLB AL 44 97 -12 -0 0 0 8 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .489 .497 -0.5 -0.0 -4 1
1915 28 SLB AL 34 52 -3 0 0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 -0.0 1 1
1915 28 DET AL 11 26 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .525 .502 0.3 0.0 2 1
1916 29 DET AL 30 53 -9 0 0 0 4 -4 -0.6 0 -4 -0.6 .482 .497 -0.6 -0.0 -4 1
1917 30 DET AL 34 68 -2 0 0 0 5 2 0.3 0 2 0.3 .509 .502 0.3 0.0 2 1
1918 31 DET AL 19 47 -6 0 0 0 3 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .480 .498 -0.4 0.0 -3 1
1919 32 DET AL 2 4 -0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 .498 .500 0.0 0.0 0 /1
1919 32 BOS AL 13 26 -3 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .492 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1919 32 CHW AL 5 15 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .475 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 /1
8 Seasons 203 412 -42 0 0 0 31 -10 -1.2 0 -10 -1.2 .494 .499 -1.2 -0.0 -10
DET (5 yrs) 96 198 -17 0 0 0 14 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .496 .499 -0.4 -0.0 -3
CLE (2 yrs) 11 24 -4 0 0 0 2 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .481 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2
SLB (2 yrs) 78 149 -15 -0 0 0 12 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .495 .499 -0.4 -0.0 -3
BOS (1 yr) 13 26 -3 0 0 0 2 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .492 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1
CHW (1 yr) 5 15 -2 0 0 0 1 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .475 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1919 32 CHW AL WS CIN L 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1911 CLE AL 24 P 8 51.2 16 4 11 1 0 .938 2.61 1.88 .938 2.87 2.85
1912 CLE AL 25 P 3 13.2 6 1 2 3 0 .500 1.98 1.00 .940 2.96 2.90
1914 SLB AL 27 P 44 35 20 284.0 119 11 105 3 5 .975 3.68 2.64 .936 2.96 2.93
1915 TOT AL 28 P 45 31 11 237.1 106 14 84 8 3 .925 3.72 2.18 .937 3.01 3.00
1915 SLB AL 28 P 34 22 8 170.1 76 12 58 6 2 .921 3.70 2.06 .937 3.01 3.00
1915 DET AL 28 P 11 9 3 67.0 30 2 26 2 1 .933 3.76 2.55 .937 3.01 3.00
1916 DET AL 29 P 30 20 8 151.2 56 4 46 6 1 .893 2.97 1.67 .945 2.95 2.96
1917 DET AL 30 P 34 23 10 198.0 70 4 61 5 1 .929 2.95 1.91 .947 3.04 3.05
1918 DET AL 31 P 19 18 8 122.0 49 5 43 1 4 .980 3.54 2.53 .952 2.82 2.84
1919 TOT AL 32 P 20 13 7 120.1 43 7 32 4 3 .907 2.92 1.95 .948 2.83 2.84
1919 DET AL 32 P 2 1 0 9.1 3 1 2 0 0 1.000 2.89 1.50 .947 2.80 2.85
1919 BOS AL 32 P 13 7 4 71.2 30 4 23 3 3 .900 3.39 2.08 .948 2.84 2.83
1919 CHW AL 32 P 5 5 3 39.1 10 2 7 1 0 .900 2.06 1.80 .948 2.84 2.84
8 Seasons P 203 140 64 1178.2 465 50 384 31 17 .933 3.31 2.14 .942 2.95 2.95
8 Seasons TOT 203 140 64 1178.2 465 50 384 31 17 .933 3.31 2.14 .942 2.95 2.95
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
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  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1917 AL  2.09 (8th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1917 AL  7.409 (8th)

Games Played s c a p y
1914 AL  44 (8th)
1915 AL  45 (8th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1914 AL  284.0 (6th)

Games Started s c a p y
1914 AL  35 (4th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1914 AL  20 (5th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1914 AL  4 (8th)
1918 AL  3 (7th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1914 AL  109 (4th)
1915 AL  125 (3rd)
1917 AL  96 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1914 AL  269 (3rd)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
Career  0.122 (61st)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1914 AL  90 (3rd)
1915 AL  86 (6th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1914 AL  10 (4th)
1915 AL  6 (9th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1916 AL  11 (3rd)
1917 AL  12 (4th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1914 AL  1,162 (6th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1917 AL  126 (8th)

Putouts as P s c a p y
1915 AL  14 (5th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1914 AL  105 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1915 AL  8 (5th)
1916 AL  6 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1915 AL  3.72 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1914 AL  2.64 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1914 AL  .975 (3rd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 14 (1314), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 5 (1351), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 8 (1060), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1263rd), 4.1 career WAR/5.0 7yr-peak WAR/4.5 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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